My husband and I love Asian food, so when I saw a gift certificate offer for Ginger Bistro I jumped on the chance to try out a place we hadn't been to before. There's a lovely, relaxed atmosphere inside Ginger Bistro that works whether you want a casual meal or something more sophisticated. Our server, Roderick, may have been the nicest, most helpful waiter I've ever had. He was also funny, polite and able to anticipate our needs without being at all cloying, and helped to make our meal pleasant and enjoyable. The food here is really amazing. My husband and I ordered several appetizers, including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Cheesy Rangoon and Kim Chee Seafood Soup, which I added a photo of. The Rangoon was fried to perfection and had just the right gooey sweetness in the center. The addition of scallions there was a nice, unexpected touch. The soup was better than I was expecting, with a nice bunch of shrimp, scallops and lobster meat, plus shredded veggies and a nice broth. It was hard to pick a main course, because everything sounded so good on the menu, but I finally settled on the Curry Fried Rice (see pic). The portion was huge, but it was hard to stop eating when I got full because it was so good. This included shredded carrot and nice bits of fried egg and onion. You can also add one of four different meats. I went with the BBQ pork and was surprised at how good it was with the curry sauce of the rice. It was incredibly flavorful without being overly salty or greasy. Always a plus! My husband ate the Bulgogi Beef Rice Bowl (see pic). As someone who likes a well-cooked egg, I was intially turned off by the over easy deal plopped on top. After my husband cracked it open and I tasted it, though, I got over it. It was amazing! Almost better than my rice, and so different from anything we'd had at other Asian places. The beef was perfect: tender, juicy, seasoned and without an ounce of gristle or fat globs. The combination of beef, rice, veggies, egg and Korean hot sauce was hearty and filling. If you've never been to Ginger Bistro, don't worry. Go, eat and enjoy. This is certainly a good place to visit if you need to know your money will be well spent.
I'll preface this review by saying that my wife and I really enjoy tapas, and enjoy other local tapas bars Modesto and Barcelona. After hearing good things from our friends and co-workers, my wife and I spent a lovely evening out and dined at Mosaic. The location downtown on Washington Ave. is in the heart of everything, very close to the Renaissance Grand and the City Museum. They describe themselves as 'modern fusion', which I'd more specifically describe as tapas style dining: small servings of familiar dishes, but they stand out from the crowd by serving their dishes with a twist. I started with the lobster bisque, which (pleasantly) surprised me as it was a delicious bisque with a decent amount of lobster that had mushrooms and a lemongrass accent. I loved it, but a standard/traditional bisque it was not. As with any tapas, you'll want to order several dishes to share, and since I'm a seafood lover I ordered the maple-sherry glazed scallops (delicious) and butter poached lobster (I'd eat it every meal if I could afford to), and my wife ordered the beef tenderloin (tender and flavorful) and the spiced new zealand lamb (lamb was delicious, but I'm not much for the root vegetables served alongside). Our server was friendly and service was good. The atmosphere was lively and the decor was modern and upscale. If you're expecting traditional preparation and large portioned single dishes, look elsewhere, but if you enjoy social dining and tasty tapas, you should definitely give Mosaic a shot. Oh yeah... we finished with the dulce de leche (wow) and after dinner drinks... a great ending to a delicious meal. We do plan on returning.
I walked into this place and was immediately impressed by the atmosphere. I felt like I was at a resort hotel restaurant. The decor was amazing and the service from the front desk to the floor staff to the cooking staff was simply amazing. The variety of food was great starting from the left side there were a tons of different hot sea foods from different flavored shrimps, fresh oysters, duck, frog legs, veggie rolls, chicken, sea food salads, deserts, onto different sushi rolls and sushi-mi. They even have Mongolian BBQ where you can pick your meats (crab, beef, chicken etc), pasta, veggies, etc and they'll cook it up for you on the grill right there in front of you. The cooks behind the buffet display were constantly putting out fresh food and were there to answer questions if needed. This was all for about $12 for dinner buffet. I can tell you I hate buffets, especially the Golden Coral or PonderGrosa (Disease and health hazards waiting to happen) but you can't beat this place. Try it out, you will not be disappointed! =D